Glaciers, forests, islands, species, and entire ecosystems are disappearing in front of our eyes. The worst part about it is that many climate change deniers view the Earth as some all-powerful entity that will self-correct if we do too much damage.
But in reality, if we continue to alter the planet’s atmosphere and ecosystems at such a rapid rate, the human species could ultimately render planet Earth uninhabitable. It will become just another one of the countless barren planets floating through the universe. Fortunately, this has not happened yet.
This gallery of 10 Rapidly Vanishing Environmental Wonders is not meant to be shown at your next pity party.
Instead, use these locations and their stories as a reason to start fighting for the environment so that life can continue to flourish on our beautiful planet.
And if you decide to actually visit these places before they disappear, look into ecotourism options that provide minimal carbon footprints.
Pictured above are the stunning glaciers of Patagonia, Chile. According to Greenpeace, these icey wonders in Patagonia are melting faster than any place on Earth—at a rate of approximately 11 trillion gallons per year.
(Photo: Pete Turner/Getty)